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The Race for Attorney General

09.19.2013

There are only two certainties about the contest to win the Democratic nomination for Attorney General.  (On the Republican side, the one certainty is that whoever is the nominee will not be elected in November.)

First, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin is not running for Attorney General.  While that is obvious to the politically sophisticated readers of Center Maryland, there have been lots of examples of voters seeing a familiar last name on a ballot and not realizing it was either a relative or just another candidate with the same name as a well-known officer holder.  Most recently in Maryland, candidate John Sarbanes benefited in his successful bid to win the Democratic nomination for the 3rd Congressional District in 2006 by the name recognition associated with his father, five-term U.S. Senator Paul Sarbanes.

The Cardin who is running for Attorney General is Jon, a member of the Maryland House of Delegates and the nephew of the Senator. 

The second certainty is that if the election outcome were determined purely on the basis of qualifications, State Senator Brian Frosh would be the decisive winner.

Frosh in his five terms in the State Senate has been a leader on many of the most important and most contentious issues of the day.  In 2014, he will have been chair of the Senate Judicial Proceeding Committee for 12 years, a record that has given him first-hand experience with the most critical legal issues that have come before the General Assembly in that time. 

For much of his legislative career, Frosh was particularly well known for his advocacy for environmental protection.  You can expect to see him continue to emphasize that priority and to be an activist for the environment if he is elected.

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